Connor E. Way Graduate Student: Composition

Connor Elias Way (b. 1991) is a composer from Atlanta, Georgia. In 2014, he graduated summa cum laude with a B.Mus. in Composition from Georgia State University where he studied with Brent Milam and Nickitas Demos. In 2017, He completed a master’s degree at the Peabody Institute of The Johns Hopkins University where he studied with Kevin Puts. Connor’s piece Harlequin was selected as a finalist in the League of Composers/ISCM 2014 Composition Competition and in 2017 he was awarded the Gustav Klemm Award in Composition from the Peabody Institute as well as a fellowship from Yale’s Norfolk New Music Workshop. His music has been performed by the NeoPhonia New Music Ensemble, Chamber Cartel, Terminus Ensemble, Trio Phoenix, Omnibus Ensemble, The Occasional Symphony, Now Hear This, and at the Charleston Symphony’s Magnetic South series. In January 2019, Connor’s piece Over Collapsing Cities of Steel will receive it’s world premiere by the Minnesota Orchestra and conductor Osmo Vänskä as a part of the Minnesota Orchestra Composer Institute’s “Future Classics” concert. He is currently a Roger Sessions Doctoral Fellow at Princeton University where he is working towards a PhD in music composition.


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